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App Enables Citizens To Report Water Waste

Everydrop LA wants to avoid drought in California by encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. Rallying citizens to take a part in...Read More

App Gives Moms The Power To Lock Kids’ Phones

Ignore No More is an Android app that enables parents to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls. Created by...Read More

Software Testing Firm Only Hires Workers With Autism

ULTRA Testing, a for-profit debugging company out of MIT, has introduced a policy that gives those on the autism spectrum a chance to apply their...Read More

Opera Is Designed For Kids With Autism

Victorian Opera in Melbourne has piloted a series of performances that cater for the needs of young kids with autism. Children with autism often...Read More

Tactile Interactive Product Helps Communication

This sensory communication device could lead to better care and increased comfort for those with autism. For industrial designer Jeffrey Brown, who...Read More

Self-Driving Cars Can Protect Humans From Themselves

Google has been working on its self-driving car project for a few years now with the goal of transforming how people drive cars. The company’s...Read More

Caarbon Is A Personal, On-Demand Valet Service

Caarbon enables drivers to safely store their car by summoning a valet service to any location through their smartphone. Drivers in any...Read More

Ad Proves Self-Driving Cars Are Here

“The Empty Car Convoy”™ video by Hyundai showcases the motor company’s latest smart technology in a convoy of self driving cars....Read More

Wearable Tech Uses Shocks To Exorcise Bad Habits

Pavlok is a smart wristband that tracks owners’ behavior and delivers an electric shock when they fail to commit to their goals. Created by...Read More

Virtual Pet Can Only Be Fed Through Walking

Wokamon is a virtual pet app that requires kids to walk and exercise in order to keep their creature alive. Getting children to exercise instead of...Read More

Smartphone-Charging Exercise Desks

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their...Read More

The Drinkable Book

Nearly 3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases. To help prevent this problem, WATERisLIFE and DDB North America created a guide...Read More

Park Benches Charge Phones and Offer Local Area Information

Boston-based Soofa is turning urban furniture into solar-powered information centers and charge points for cities’ public spaces. As well as...Read More

Newspaper Printed With Mosquito Repellant Ink

Sri Lanka is a country that’s been ravaged by Dengue fever over the past couple of years, in 2013 alone, the disease infected 30,000 people. As...Read More

Uber For Families Provides Lifts Home From School

Shuddle is a service offering safe rides home for kids whose parents aren’t available for the school run. Working in a similar way to other...Read More

Latvian Taxis To Offer Service For Cyclists

Baltic Taxi is now equipping its fleet with bicycle roof racks, in an effort to better accommodate cyclists. The taxi company recently launched its...Read More

Taxi Fleet To Be Made Kid Friendly

As part of its Safe Baby initiative, BalticTaxi is equipping its fleet with child safety seats, in an effort to better ensure a safe and comfortable...Read More

Colorful Boxes Provide Disconnected Communities With Books

Ideas Box is a new scheme that aims to help communities disrupted by war and crises continue to learn with mobile boxes containing educational,...Read More

Shopping Bag Encourages Consumers To Donate Clothing

Swedish label Uniforms for the Dedicated has introduced The Rag_Bag, a shopping bag that can be turned inside out to become an envelope to send old...Read More

Old Cardboard Boxes Used To Create School Bags That Transform Into Desks

Aarambh is using discarded cardboard waste to create school bags which unpack into small desks – designed to improve the posture of children...Read More

Outdoor Equipment Sharing Platform Makes Camping Affordable

Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, The OX is a subscription service for borrowing outdoors gear such as tents, kayaks and fishing equipment. A...Read More

Bike Lock Alerts Emergency Services

Skylock offers smart locking, theft prevention, and detects crashes and calls for help if it’s serious. Skylock looks much like a typical...Read More

Skateboard Is Made Of Debris Trawled From The Sea

California’s Bureo Skateboards is working with the Chilean government to create Minnow, a skateboard whose deck is made entirely from abandoned...Read More

“Ghost” Road Barrier Tricks Drivers Into Stopping

Laservision’s Softstop is a projection that aims to stop drivers from ignoring stop signs by giving the illusion of a physical barrier across...Read More

Brake Light Warns Rear Drivers of Upcoming Traffic

Ford is testing an early warning system that signals other cars to slow down. The ‘Electric Brake Light’ transmits a wireless signal that...Read More

“Eyes-Free” Personal Assistant Delivers Feedback Through Steering Wheel

Personal assistants are on the up. Now the trend is moving into the automotive industry with ‘Jeane,’ a smartphone-operated software that...Read More

Nescafe Turns Its Instant Coffee Container Into An Alarm Clock

Usually people depend on their cup of coffee to jolt them awake in the morning, but a new 3D-printed coffee lid has given the whole morning coffee...Read More

Coffee Machine Only Brews Coffee When Two People Are Waiting

The Coffee Connector is designed to help complete strangers start a conversation. Conferences can be awkward – especially when you go alone....Read More

Coffee Cup Sharing In NY Aims To Cut Paper Waste

New Yorkers alone throw away around 7 million paper coffee cups every day, which is why there have been plenty of recent efforts to get consumers to...Read More

Two-Way Bib Creates a Portable Picnic Table

The Napkin Table is a small, lightweight, portable table/ bib that makes outdoor eating a convenient and social activity. Created by graduates of the...Read More

Inflatable Suits Act As Argument Mediators

Making sure that a discussion between two or more people stays balanced isn’t always easy, and can often lead to great ideas being lost in the...Read More

Cow “Backpacks” Capture Methane and Turn Them Into Green Fuel

Argentina’s INTA governmental research body has developed cow backpacks that trap the methane they produce in order to turn it into green...Read More

Tamagotchi-Style Wristband Encourages Active Play For Kids

Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance and teaches them about healthy eating. Designed for...Read More

Print Ad Is Also A Wristband That Tracks

The NIVEA Sun Kids magazine ad can be ripped out and turned into a trackable wristband that warns parents if their kids stray too far. Back in 2013,...Read More

Smartwatch For Seniors Tracks Their Daily Routines

CarePredict has created a smartwatch-like device that tracks the daily activities of seniors and alerts loved ones if something’s not right....Read More

Donate By Doing

Several years ago, do-gooder Hermione Taylor and a friend participated in a cycling challenge to raise money for the environment. Neither wanted to...Read More

Rewards For Studying

StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed deadlines. Users can set the...Read More

Sports Goods Are Paid For With Exercise

Getting consumers to exercise is much easier when there’s an incentive, and especially if it’s a financial one. Chile-based dairy brand...Read More

Nissan Creates The World’s First Self-Cleaning Car

Nissan Europe has developed a version of its Note MPV with a special coating that repels mud, rain, oil and dirt. Although some may consider washing...Read More

Design-Your-Own Car Decals Enable Easy Personalization

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, StickOut offers large, easy-stick decals designed by professionals and personalized by the consumer....Read More

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  • True confessions: A plastics engineer discovers the true meaning of Black Friday December 11, 2019
    It happens every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Stuff is on sale. All kinds of great stuff. And at incredible prices! Image: Ablokhin/Adobe Stock. One story about the meaning of the phrase Black Friday is that retailers begin to turn a profit for the year on this day, with their net revenue number going […]
  • More engineering salaries at leading companies December 11, 2019
    Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper. RELATED ARTICLES: What Are 20 of the Top Tech Companies Paying […]
  • Growth returns to semiconductor and EDA tools M&A markets – for now December 11, 2019
    There was an uptick in M&A activity for the semiconductor space in the first eight months of 2019. This was a welcome change after the market slowing in 2017 and 2018. The combined value of 20-plus M&A agreement announcements reached over $28 billion for the purchase of chip companies, business units, product lines, intellectual property (IP), and wafer fabs between […]